Note from Jordan & Felicity: About two months ago, we were contacted by a film student from Pratt Institute. Her name was Dana, and as her final project for one of her classes, she desired to make a short documentary about FKK / naturism.
We agreed to take action in exchange for her composing an article about her expertise in making the film. So this is her narrative below, along with her documentary by the end!
Naturist documentary film
Guest blog by: Dana Schlieman
Naturist Documentary – My first encounter with documentary filmmaking presented the opportunity to force myself out of my comfort zone and investigate something I hadn’t ever done before. My taste is definitely narrative, fiction movie, and the assignment of a 5-10 minute documentary by my Non Fiction Avi professor made me queasy and sweaty with anxiety.
I froze in my bed as this idea crystallized into a job suggestion: an exploration of modern naturists in Nyc and how they lived their lives within society.
The job fast began to come together in my own mind’s eye as I reached for my phone to start my research. Abruptly I hit a wall. It was the middle of October now, and my notion fell apart as quickly as it had been built up. I backtracked, dejected and unenthused, to this issue of colorblindness and landed on this as the matter for my film. It was boring, but at least it wasn’t seasonal.
On proposition day in class, I decided to present the notion for my naturist movie anyway, so that my professor could see that I was more intriguing than my colorblind endeavor suggested. I shared the idea with my class, together with the obstacles I ‘d encountered, and described why I ‘d not be able carry this project out. The whole class, who appeared to have tuned me out while I talked about colorblindness, suddenly pricked their ears as I told them my original idea. They stared at me for a few seconds when I was finished, and I stared back, my ears burning.
You have to do that job, my classmates told me, with more earnestness than I Had ever received from them. It really does seem wonderful, he told me.
I contended with them for a little while as they threw their suggestions at me. They insisted that there had to be a option.
Speak with the individuals who run a resort even if they are not operating right now, one classmate said. I asked her what I ‘d film in that case apart from the interviews.
A movie about naturism should actually have naked people inside, should not it? I asked them. We went back and forth like this for a while before my professor stopped us.
Just think about it, he explained. The colorblind thing seems fine. I looked up at him hopefully. But the nudism seems extremely great.
With that, I was done for. I had the choice to make an aesthetically pleasing film for an easy A that no one would care about, myself included, or I could try only a little bit harder and get something I might actually take pride in. Ultimately, Google rewarded me with the Naturist Portal site.
Everything about FKK was so welcoming that I was immediately comfortable, and I am easily made uncomfortable in many scenarios. They talked about naturism and naturism the manner I might tell someone my feelings for artwork and my pets. It was clear how beloved their assignment was to them, and how significant it was to them to remove the stigma surrounding nudity, and I quickly found my own feelings about it-that it should be private and reserved for a few very specific scenarios-coming into question.
Soon I was plagued with a few very real issues. For starters, I’m al read y fairly nervous at the idea of talking to strangers (my parents had to purchase my food for me in restaurants until I was about 16). I worried that, in my ignorance of this topic that I was so new to, I’d say or ask something unintentionally offensive and they would despise me. Additionally , I worried that they’d be too bizarre for me to cope with and I ‘d have to back out of the dedication I was planning to make together, another thought that gives me heart palpitations.
My fears were all for naught.
I walked out of my first meeting with Felicity and Jordan astounded at one simple fact: They were so fine, I told my buddies when I got home. The pair had clarified their no- of life to me, and I could tell they were not saying it the way other folks say it; they really meant it. I know I am not like that, and I could not think of a single reason why.
The day we filmed, I kept finding myself thinking: This all seems so ordinary. And then I gave myself a mental slap across the face and wondered, why shouldn’t it appear normal? I located my conversation with Jordan more stimulating than anything I ‘d learned from my school professors before year-and-a-half, and with Felicity I felt like I was speaking to a buddy, one who just did not happen to be wearing clothing. And I believe all three of us anticipated me to be uncomfortable, but I truly was not.
Everyone I told about my project was extremely inquisitive about it. Between October and December, I believe the question I got asked the most was: How is it going with the naturists? It appeared that everyone anticipated some sort of scandal, for me to be taken captive and forced to join a nude cult or something. I was nearly smug at how little dirt I ‘d for them. The complete encounter even got me working on my own body image problems and other personal things that I’ve never actually thought about before.
And to anyone who still asks me, when talking about my job, Wasn’t that really difficult? all I can do is shrug and answer truthfully: No.
If you’re wondering about the organ that reveals on the display within the documentary, it’s a joke commercial for a radio station in Australia and can be seen on vimeo channel here.
The vulva that also revealed on the display is a unique music video of singing vulvae and can be seen on vimeo here.
My Experience Making A Nudist Documentary was released by – Young Naturists and Naturists America
Tags: documentary, pictures, social nudity
Classification: Nudism and Naturism, Naturist Blog, Social Nudity Blogs
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Guest blogs written completely for Naturist Portal.